Space design solutions for a Brisbane family homeRenovations, Lifestyle
This Auchenflower three bedroom workers’ cottage was a fairly cosy arrangement which required space design solutions. With a family of four children under the age of ten, it is not surprising that the urgent requirement was more space.
Home to four young children, it’s time for this Brisbane family home to grow
We met with the owners for a three-hour Lifestyle Design Advice Consultation to review their current and future lifestyle requirements and to discuss space design solutions for their cramped living arrangements. The owner’s brief included an addition to the rear of the property that was bright and open.
This goal was achieved by including a new pavilion featuring expansive windows and large bi-fold doors that open up the main living area to the backyard. The result is a bright and inviting space with ample natural ventilation that can be easily regulated.
The new pavilion houses a generous family styled kitchen, complete with spacious butler’s pantry. A large study nook has also been added, along with a lounge area that maintains a comfortable connection with the rest of the living and dining space. The existing home has been reconfigured to accommodate three bedrooms for the children, along with a bathroom and play area.
The beautiful new master bedroom, with its outlook over a large jacaranda tree, is found in the upstairs area of the new pavilion. This area is also home to two multipurpose spaces and a generous void overlooks the kitchen and dining area and further adds to the spacious feel of the home.
Outside a new front fence in the style of the classic 1900’s cottage improves the streetscape, while a future swimming pool with decking will provide the complete package.
Family Home Space Design Solutions Result
The result is a family home that will now perfectly suit their needs, providing a sense of freedom and space that they could previously only have dreamed of.
We have already completed the full design and construction documents and we have called for prices from four reputable builders suited to this type of project in a tender process. In this case, the difference between the range of the tenders was significant, nearly $250,000. This just shows the true value in the tender process that is available when you engage the services of an architect who operates independently of a builder. The architect fees themselves have been well and truly covered in the savings through the tender process.
Does your family need space to grow? Contact Dion Seminara at dion seminara architecture on 07 3899 9450 to discover how an architect can provide space design solutions so that your current family home can provide you with the space you need in the future.
DION SEMINARA, DION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE
Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.